The Story of the Tour de France

Author: Bill McGann,Carol McGann
Publisher: Dog Ear Publishing
ISBN: 1598586084
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 392
View: 6427
What they are saying about The Story of the Tour de France: After forty years of study on the subject, I can with some confidence say Bill and Carol McGann's The Story of the Tour de France is the finest such work ever produced in the English language, and perhaps in any. Most of my preferred references are in French, one runs to over 800 pages, yet the McGanns' opus revealed information new to me in almost every paragraph. Their research has been not only impeccable, but insightful. -Owen Mulholland, author of Uphill Battle and Cycling's Golden Age The Story of the Tour de France: How a Newspaper Promotion Became the Greatest Sporting Event in the World by Bill and Carol McGann is a must read. -Road Bike Action Magazine For any historian of the sport the McGanns'Tour de France history is essential reading. Details of the stages and the riders are not glossed over. For those who are new to the sport, the McGanns bring the glory days of the sport alive with the intrigue that still exists today. Epic stages that might have faded into oblivion are eloquently recounted so that future generation of cyclists will know the rich history of our beautiful sport. -Neil Browne, editor, Road Magazine Besides towering over all bicycle races, the Tour de France endures for its unique Gaulic character, like Victor Hugo's Les Miserables. The McGanns' passionate and insightful writing evokes the raucous cast of riders, promoters, and journalists thrusting through highs and lows worthy of opera. This volume stands out as a must-read book for anyone seeking to appreciate cycling's race of races. -Peter Joffre Nye, author of The Six-Day Bicycle Races: America's Jazz Age Sport and Hearts of Lions Volume 1 of The Story of the Tour de France concluded with Jacques Anquetil's record setting fifth Tour win. Volume 2 opens with the greatest Italian racer of the modern age, Felice Gimondi and his effortless victory at the young age of 22. Despite his extraordinary talent, he never won the Tour again. Starting in 1969, Eddy Merckx began his run of 5 victories. Bernard Hinault, who also managed to win 5, followed him. Unable to fulfill his destiny as a likely 5-time winner because of a hunting accident, LeMond won the Tour 3 times. LeMond's era was followed by the remarkable Spaniard Miguel Indurain, the first man to win the Tour 5 times in a row. The late 1990s were a time of extreme crisis for the Tour as the culture of doping within the professional cycling community erupted into the scandal of 1998. The Story of the Tour de France deals with this episode at length. Emerging from a near-fatal bout of cancer, Lance Armstrong went on to do what no other rider in the Tour's long history had ever been able to accomplish, win the Tour 7 times. Following Armstrong's retirement, the Tour was again seized by scandal, this time Floyd Landis' disqualification for drugs after winning the 2006 Tour. The book concludes with the story of the 2007 Tour, followed by a quest for the greatest ever Tour de France rider and an epilogue that explains the reasons for the extraordinary success of the Tour. Bill and Carol McGann have had their lives inextricably tied up with bicycles about as long as they can remember. Their first date was a bike ride. Bill, formerly a Category 1 racer, has been a contributor to several cycling magazines and is widely acknowledged as an expert on road bikes and cycling history. Since his father gave him a small 1-speed English lightweight bicycle when he was 5 years old, Bill has been in love with everything about bikes. Carol, a former college biology instructor is also an accomplished rider, having cycle-toured extensively. Together they started Torelli Imports in 1981, a firm specializing in high-performance cycle equipment.

Their Greatest Victory

24 Athletes Who Overcame Disease, Disability and Injury
Author: David L. Porter
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786473053
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 304
View: 1122
The book tells the dramatic stories of 24 remarkable athletes who overcame seemingly insurmountable medical adversities to attain athletic success. A separate chapter is devoted to each, relating how that athlete developed the problem, what medical issues arose, how success was achieved despite the setback, and what personal qualities enabled the athlete to prevail.


Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days
Author: David Gething
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144226053X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 230
View: 8564
The World Marathon Challenge—seven marathons on seven continents in seven days—is the ultimate race for adventurous runners. It tests the athletes to their limits, going from biting cold Antarctic conditions one day to dry desert heat another. To survive the onslaught of sensations—fear, fatigue, depression, elation—takes a special sort of determination and strength of will. Few would voluntarily take on such a challenge, and fewer still would finish it. Relentless: Seven Marathons, Seven Continents, Seven Days is David Gething’s amazing story of his journey from a middle-aged couch potato to a World Marathon champion. Gething gives a deeply personal and candid view of what it is like to compete in one of the most demanding amateur sporting events on the planet, including the sacrifices made just to get to the start of the race and what it takes to win. He describes in detail each individual contest—originating in Antarctica and ending in Australia a week later—and the physical, emotional, and psychological sides of this grueling, multi-day stage race. Far from just depicting the event itself, Gething also delves into the interpersonal relationships, rivalries, and bonds that form on this adventure that is like no other. Featuring photographs taken during the event from Gething’s personal collection, and including private emails to and from the author and his family and friends, Relentless gives a truly unique and intimate view into the inner workings of this punishing ultra-endurance battle. Marathon runners, sporting enthusiasts, and anyone with a dream and a determination to succeed despite the odds will find Gething’s journey a fascinating and inspiring story.

Slaying the Badger

LeMond, Hinault and the Greatest Ever Tour de France
Author: Richard Moore
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 1409028879
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 336
View: 2303
Greg LeMond, 'L'Americain': fresh-faced, prodigious newcomer. This is supposed to be his year. Bernard Hinault, 'The Badger': aggressive, headstrong, five-time winner of the Tour. He has pledged his unwavering support to his team mate, LeMond. The team is everything in cycling, so the world watches, stunned, as LeMond and Hinault's explosive rivalry plays out over three high-octane weeks. Slaying the Badger relives the adrenaline and agony as LeMond battles to become the first American to win the Tour, with the Badger relentlessly on the attack. Includes brand new material for the paperback.

Bernard Hinault and the Fall and Rise of French Cycling

Author: William Fotheringham
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 144815636X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 368
View: 4988
Bernard Hinault is one of the greatest cyclists of all time. He is a five-time winner of the Tour de France and the only man to have won each of the Grand Tours on more than one occasion. Hinault is the last ‘old-school’ champion: a larger-than-life character from a working-class background, capable of winning on all terrains, in major Tours and one-day Classics. Nicknamed the ‘Badger’ for his combative style, he led a cyclists’ strike in his first Tour and instigated a legendary punch-up with demonstrators in 1982 while in the middle of a race. His battles with teammates Laurent Fignon and Greg LeMond in the 1986 Tour resulted in one of the greatest races of all time. Three decades on from his retirement, Hinault remains the last French winner of the Tour de France. Here, William Fotheringham shows that while France may one day find a new champion, there will never be another Bernard Hinault.

Manual of Business French

Author: Nathalie McAndrew Cazorla,Stuart Williams
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136166513
Category: Foreign Language Study
Page: 432
View: 7049
Manual of Business French is the most comprehensive, single-volume reference handbook for students and professionals using French. Designed for all users, no matter what level of language skill, this manual comprises five parts: * A 6000-word, two-way Glossary of the most useful business terms * A 100-page Written Communications section giving models of 50 letters, faxes and documents * An 80-page Spoken Situations section covering face-to-face and telephone situations * A short reference Grammar outlining the major grammar features of French * A short Business Facts section covering esential information of the country or countries where French is used Written by an experienced native and non-native speaker team, this unique volume is an essential, one-stop reference for all students and professionals studying or working in business and management where French is used.

French Business Situations

A Spoken Language Guide
Author: Nathalie McAndrew Cazorla,Stuart Williams
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134795874
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 128
View: 3762
French Business Situations is a handy reference and learning text for all those who use or need spoken French for business. It is suitable for self-study or class use. Over 40 spoken situations are simply presented, including: * Basic phone calls * Leaving messages * Making presentations * Comparing, enquiring, booking * Selling techniques With full English translations and brief usage notes, this guide will help the user communicate confidently in a broad range of everyday situations.

Bernard Hinault 67 Success Facts - Everything You Need to Know about Bernard Hinault

Author: Andrew Rodriquez
Publisher: Emereo Publishing
ISBN: 9781488551093
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 52
View: 3303
Takes A Fresh Look At Bernard Hinault. This book is your ultimate resource for Bernard Hinault. Here you will find the most up-to-date 67 Success Facts, Information, and much more. In easy to read chapters, with extensive references and links to get you to know all there is to know about Bernard Hinault's Early life, Career and Personal life right away. A quick look inside: Laurent Fignon - After retirement, Miguel Indurain - 1992: Tour-Giro double, Alpe d'Huez - Significant stages, Roberto Visentini, 1985 Giro d'Italia, Grand Prix des Nations - History, Jacques Augendre - Tour de France, Federico Bahamontes - Retirement, General classification, List of Tour de France general classification winners - History, 1986 Tour de France, General classification in the Vuelta a Espana - History, 1982 Tour de France, Individual time trial - Professional, Super Prestige Pernod International, List of Grand Tour general classification winners, Jose Pesarrodona, 1983 Vuelta a Espana, 1985 Tour de France, 1978 Vuelta a Espana, Jean-Francois Bernard, Greg LeMond - 1981-1983: Early years, Dauphine Libere, Criterium International, Greg LeMond - 1984-1986: Grand Tours, Alpe d'Huez - Fastest ascents, 1980 Tour de France, Gilbert Duclos-Lassalle, Laurent Fignon - 1983: first Tour victory, 1978 Tour de France, Laurent Fignon - Early life and amateur career, Look (company) - History, Brittany - Sport, 1984 Tour de France, 1982 Giro d'Italia, Liege-Bastogne-Liege - The 1980 race, 1979 Tour de France, Robert Millar - 1984: Millar's best Tour de France, Criterium du Dauphine, Ardennes classics - History, Vincenzo Nibali - Early life, Liege-Bastogne-Liege - Weather, Andy Schleck - Career, and much more...

The Call of the Road: The History of Cycle Road Racing

Author: Chris Sidwells
Publisher: HarperCollins UK
ISBN: 0008220786
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 432
View: 6140
Eddy Merckx. Fausto Coppi. Jacques Anquetil. Bernard Hinault. Beryl Burton. Marianne Vos.

Velo News

Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
Category: Bicycle racing
Page: N.A
View: 7613

Tour de France/Tour de Force

A Visual History of the Worlds Greatest Bicycle Race
Author: James Startt
Publisher: Chronicle Books Llc
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 158
View: 3131
Three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond offers an introduction to this richly illustrated study of the legendary bicycle race, tracing the history of the Tour from 1903 to the present and profiling the extraordinary athletes who take part in the grueling, two-thousand-mile, twenty-one-day event.

Hinault, Objectif Maillot Jaune

Author: Bernard Hinault,Jeff Legrand,Fabien Ronteix
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 2372541404
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Page: 48
View: 2590
Bernard Hinault est un jeune coureur breton au potentiel reconnu et au caractère bien trempé. Convaincu qu’il peut devenir professionnel, il n’a qu’un but : marquer l’histoire de son sport. Et pour y parvenir, un monstre incontournable à affronter : le Tour de France ! L’album HINAULT, Objectif Maillot jaune retrace le début de carrière professionnelle de Bernard Hinault, en s’attelant à comprendre comment l’icône du cyclisme français a forgé sa légende. Alternant tactiques de course et immersion dans l’intimité du champion, exploits et rencontres déterminantes sans oublier défaites et blessures en course, HINAULT, Objectif Maillot jaune relate le fabuleux parcours du dernier Français vainqueur du Tour de France. Une aventure humaine et sportive hors-norme racontée pour la première fois en bande dessinée.

Accents from Speakers to Listeners

An Experimental Study of the Production and Perception of Accent Patterns in Dutch
Author: Johanna Geertruida Kruijt
Publisher: N.A
Category: Dutch language
Page: 132
View: 2582

The Tour de France and Its Heroes

A Celebration of the Greatest Race in the World
Author: Graham Watson
Publisher: Hutchinson
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 176
View: 8426

Tour de France and Its Heroes

Author: Graham Watson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780962263019
Category: Bicycle racing
Page: 176
View: 2560

Legends of the Tour (Fixed Format)

Author: Jan Cleijne
Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 1781859981
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 160
View: 5002
Frame by glorious frame, this beautiful graphic novel captures the essence of the Tour de France – the grit and the glory. Since Maurice Garin's inugural victory in 1903, hundreds of thousands of kilometers have been covered in pursuit of the yellow jersey and few of them have been without incident or drama. Here are the Tour's legends: Eugene Christophe welding his bicycle back together at the foot of the Pyrenees in 1913; Bartali V Coppi, 1949; Poulidor shoulder-to-shoulder with Anquetil on the Puy de Dome, 1964; Tommy Simpson's death on Ventoux, 1967; Lance Armstrong's domination and disgrace; finishing with Bradley Wiggins' and Chris Froome's victories back-to-back victories for Britain in 2012 and 2013. 'Oh what a fantastic book this is. Not only is it a wonderfully concise history of the Tour, it is quite ravishing to behold. I adored it.' Observer.


A Tribute to the World's Greatest Racing Bicycles
Author: Richard Moore,Daniel Benson
Publisher: The Miegunyah Press
ISBN: 0522861830
Category: Bicycle racing
Page: 329
View: 7458
To many, the racing bicycle is a cult object, a vehicle of dreams, a marvel of engineering and aesthetics. With such enthusiasts in mind, Bike! Is the first book to be produced on the history of the world's most famous racing-bike and component manufacturers. Within its pages you will discover the beautifully illustrated story of the artisans and visionary sportspeople who joined forces to create two-wheeled legends. From the cradle of road biking on the plains of northern Italy to the birthplace of mountain biking, Marin County, California, Bike! unmasks the soul behind names like Colnago, Shimano and Campagnolo. Distributed throughout the book are special double-page photographic features on ten landmark bikes that were the first to introduce groundbreaking technology, from Maurice Garin's Ondiana cycle in the first Tour de France of 1903 to the Team Sky Pinarello Dogma of 2010. Completed by sublime photography and graphic timelines, this book is the most striking tribute ever created to the craftsmanship, precision and speed of the racing bicycle. Edited by seasoned cycling veteran and bestselling author Richard Moore, Bike! is the perfect book for cycling fanatics and design aficionados alike.


From the First Wheels to Special Cars
Author: Penny Clarke
Publisher: Salariya Publishers
ISBN: 9781905087891
Category: Transportation
Page: 64
View: 9332
An illustrated history of land transport from the development of the wheel, to the pioneering machines and drivers of history making and record breaking machines. Suggested level: primary, intermediate.


Heroic Returns
Author: Jay Jennings
Publisher: N.A
Category: Athletes
Page: 57
View: 2296
Profiles five athletes who made courageous comebacks in their sports careers: Greg LeMond, Rocky Bleier, Olga Korbut, Dave Dravecky, and Babe Didrikson Zaharias.